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Construction Planning News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

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Bridges News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
Road and bridge construction podcast

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Bridges News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
road collapse mudslide Tennessee SH 70N

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Highway Maintenance News February 25, 2019
A section of SH 70N in Hawkins County, Tenn., has been closed indefinitely after a mudslide occurred early Thursday morning, claiming the life of one motorist and injuring another.   Local reports indicate that the man killed was traveling south on the highway when the slide swept his vehicle 200...
I-4 Ultimate improvement project
Safety News February 20, 2019
Three workers sustained minor injuries from a fall that occurred last week while working on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla.   The incident took place only four days after construction on the interstate resumed after a worker was killed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel...
positive train control railroad
Safety News February 19, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released a status update regarding railroads’ self-reported progress toward full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems as of the end of 2018.     All required railroads either met the December 31, 2018, deadline for fully...
Northbound Lake Shore Drive bridge structural cracking emergency

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Bridge Rescue News February 12, 2019
Transportation officials in the city of Chicago have shut down the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive at the bridge over the Chicago River due to what is being referred to as a structural emergency.   Crews first spotted cracks in the support beams of the structure around 10 a.m. Monday beneath...
Worker protection from respirable silica difficult even with controls, says study
Safety News February 07, 2019
A study conducted by researchers at the Department of Health at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell has concluded that dangerous levels of respirable silica are difficult to control during chipping and crushing activities even when dust control measures are in place. The study cites risk for...
road transportation safety
Safety News February 05, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently announced its 2019–2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.   First issued in 1990, the NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements serves as the agency’s primary advocacy tool to help save lives, prevent...
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.

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Safety News January 31, 2019
On the heels of a request from the city’s mayor, Houston transportation advocacy group LINK Houston, in partnership with Bike Houston, is conducting an audit to identify the city’s most problematic intersections for walkers and bicyclists.   Audit team members will be looking at traffic counts...
transit positive train control rail safety
Safety News January 29, 2019
Sound Transit, the public transit agency serving the Seattle area, announced this week its completion of positive train control (PTC) implementation and certification on all Sounder commuter rail vehicles that run between Lakewood and Everett.   PTC technology can control train movements under...
Analytics tool
Technology News January 14, 2019
Numetric, a provider of traffic safety analytics solutions, recently announced the launch of its new Network Screening application to empower states to meet or exceed federal requirements and identify their most dangerous roadways.   Due to a current lack of sufficient tools, the process of...
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown
Maintenance News January 11, 2019
Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.   The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to...
Minnesota DOT winter maintenance

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Snow Plowing News January 02, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Safety Innovation Team is introducing an LED lighted plow marker for winter maintenance activities in the state in order to reduce the number of motorist collisions with the department's snowplows.   In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84...
NYSDOT bringing ITS to Hudson Valley
Technology News November 30, 2018
New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas announced that construction is underway on two projects in the Hudson Valley. The first project will install intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment on roadways in the Hudson Valley, while the second...
Just-in-time training
Safety Products November 19, 2018
*/ TC3 has launched its just-in-time (JIT) video training library, and the videos are all available at no cost. Each one of these short, easy-to-understand videos provides the viewer with quick tips and tricks related to construction, maintenance and materials, project activities, and processes.
Safety News November 19, 2018
Safety is always the number one priority on a highway project. TC3 is offering two of the safety courses at no cost through November 2018: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and High-Visibility Garments.   Additionally, with the winter maintenance season right around the corner, TC3 wants to...
work-zone safety
Safety News November 12, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their top 10 most-cited safety violations list for fiscal year 2018.   The list covers violations that OSHA issued between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, but the data is preliminary. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of...
Skyward sUAS flight safety
Safety Article November 05, 2018
Outfitted with fluorescent vests and hard hats, construction workers enter jobsites alert to the injuries or fatality-causing hazards that surround them, such as falls from heights, electrocution or being struck by objects. In fact, OSHA’s 2015 statistics for casualties reported 937 total deaths in...
NTSB report finds 95% of all 2017 transportation fatalities were highway-related

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Safety News November 02, 2018
Data accumulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that of the 38,958 people who died in transportation-related accidents in calendar 2017, 95% or 37,133 were the result of highway...
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